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Beyond the Plate | A Unique Dining Experience at Borrowdale Gates in the Lake District

When it comes to fine dining, it’s important to know what to expect from your dining experience. What is the atmosphere like? What type of service can you expect? What is the range of dishes served at this restaurant?

At Borrowdale Gates Hotel we pride ourselves on a dining experience like no other. Our chef, Christopher Standhaven, is an expert in crafting the finest dishes the Lake District has to offer. While at Borrowdale Gates he has been awarded two AA rosettes.

From locally grown produce to sustainably sourced fish to locally hunted game, our restaurant serves only the finest of the Lake District. Additionally, Chef Standhaven creates unique flavour pairings to enhance the enjoyment of these wonderful ingredients.

Come with us on an exceptional culinary journey. Prepare to embark on an experience like no other, where every dish is crafted with passion and precision to delight your senses and elevate your dining experience. Here are just a few of the features to love about the restaurant at Borrowdale Gates Hotel.

Locally Inspired Menus

Featuring seasonal ingredients sourced directly from local farmers, fishermen, and artisans ensuring freshness and flavour in every bite.

Impeccable Service

Enjoy the experience of attentive and personalised service from our knowledgeable staff, who are dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your dining experience is flawless, from the moment you arrive until the last sip of your after-dinner coffee.

Elegant Ambiance

Dine in an atmosphere of refined elegance and quiet sophistication, where tastefully appointed surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable culinary experience, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply sharing a memorable meal with loved ones.

How Chef Christopher Standhaven Creates Such an Experience?

Innovative Culinary Fusion

Guests can anticipate an innovative fusion of flavours and techniques that harmonise traditional culinary roots with contemporary twists, offering a unique dining adventure that tantalises taste buds and sparks curiosity.

Exquisite Artistry in Plating

Prepare to be mesmerised by the artistic presentation of each dish, where culinary creations are transformed into visual masterpieces, reflecting the chef’s meticulous attention to detail and dedication to aesthetic excellence.

Interactive Dining Experience

Immerse yourself in an interactive dining experience, where chefs discuss the food with the guests, sharing insights into ingredient sourcing and cooking methods, fostering a deeper connection to the culinary journey unfolding before you.

Sensory Exploration

Embark on a sensory exploration as you engage with thoughtfully curated tasting menus, designed to engage all five senses.

Bespoke Beverage Pairings

Elevate your dining experience with bespoke beverage pairings, expertly curated to complement each dish and enhance its nuances, whether you opt for carefully selected wines, craft cocktails, or artisanal non-alcoholic alternatives. At Borrowdale Gates, we have a carefully curated wine list, boasting an extensive selection of varietals from renowned vineyards around the world. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur seeking rare vintages or a novice looking to discover new favourites, our knowledgeable sommeliers are on hand to guide you through the diverse offerings and ensure the perfect pairing for your palate.

New Bar

Delight in our recently unveiled bar, a chic and inviting space where expert mixologists craft artisanal cocktails using premium spirits, fresh ingredients, and innovative techniques, providing a vibrant setting for pre-dinner drinks or post-meal relaxation.

We offer signature beverage experiences. Immerse yourself in an experience of your choosing, such as a wine tasting, cocktail masterclass, or curated flight. Our skilled mixologists offer opportunities to deepen your appreciation for fine libations while enjoying engaging conversations and memorable moments with fellow enthusiasts.

General Information

Dining Times

The restaurant at Borrowdale Gates Hotel provides both lunch service, from 12-3 PM, and dinner service, from 6 PM to 10 PM. We recommend making a reservation in advance of your visit. This is particularly key during traditional dining hours.


Always dress to impress. We require a smart casual dress code. We request that diners refrain from donning over-casual clothing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are reservations available in the bar area?

While we primarily accept reservations for dining tables, our bar area operates on a first-come, first-served basis. However, we do encourage guests to call ahead to inquire about availability, especially during peak hours, to ensure a seamless experience upon arrival.

Are non-alcoholic options available at the bar?

Absolutely! We offer a diverse selection of non-alcoholic beverages, including handcrafted mocktails, artisanal sodas, and specialty teas, providing refreshing options for guests who prefer not to consume alcohol or are designated drivers.

Can I purchase bottles of wine to enjoy at home?

Yes, many of the wines featured on our wine list are available for retail purchase. Whether you’ve discovered a new favourite during your visit or wish to explore our selection further, our staff can assist you in selecting the perfect bottle to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

If you are interested in experiencing gastronomy beyond your wildest fantasies, book your reservation at Borrowdale Gates Hotel. Treat yourself to a dining experience that is beyond comparison to anywhere else in the Lake District. The Borrowdale Gates Hotel provides locally and sustainably sourced ingredients, curated by our wonderful chef, Chris Standhaven. These ingredients are then enhanced with the flavours of traditional dishes, classic French food, and an innovative twist all his own. Book a reservation for dinner today or book your stay on our website, email at [email protected], or call us at 017 687 77204.

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